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believe in yourself (day 3 of #31days)

believe in yourself (day 3 of #31days)

The biggest hurdle of writing is different for everyone. But if you’re anything like me, believing in yourself might just be the first and greatest hurdle. Grab a pen and any kind of paper. Post-it note, coffee shop napkin, whatever. Write this down: I am a writer. Rewind the clock a bit and get back … Continue reading

how I started freelancing, part two (#31days)

how I started freelancing, part two (#31days)

Like I said . . . we got married in January 2011. Mr. S. was a gem and little else was. It was early 2011 and I found myself twiddling my thumbs. Struggling with anxiety and depression wasn’t exactly the post-wedding plan. I left a fantastic job, fantastic church, fantastic community and fantastic city . … Continue reading

how I started freelancing, part 1 (#31days)

how I started freelancing, part 1 (#31days)

WHY matters, no matter what you do and who you are. As I launch my 31 Days to Freelance Writing series, I’m jazzed to share how I got started as a freelance writer. Spoiler alert — I own a boutique communications business today. It’s called Inspiration-Driven Communication.  Here’s the Cliff’s Notes of that journey. My … Continue reading

31 days to freelance writing

31 days to freelance writing

When someone asks what I do, it’s an internal startle initially. Really, you do something, I have to remind myself. You have a real business. Get it together, Koci. So a similar insecurity surfaces right now . . . even though writing daily for 31 days doesn’t feel scary when I verbalize it. After all, … Continue reading

when a not-dog-person gets a puppy.

when a not-dog-person gets a puppy.

Dear Chaco, I know you can’t read. But whatever, I’m writing a letter to you anyway. I’m not a dog person. You’ve overheard me say so to your dad – yeah, he’s Mr. S. on these interweb things – and given that I’m a dog owner, that line makes no sense. Let me explain. I … Continue reading

have mercy. (five minute friday)

have mercy. (five minute friday)

It’s both bad and awesome that the first time I ever heard the word mercy was from Uncle Jesse. Because all those ladies he liked were just way too gorgeous, boundlessly beautiful, and Uncle Jesse just couldn’t handle it. And Aunt Becky took that have mercy cake. Have mercy. As if to say – this … Continue reading

meet Chaco — our new puppy!

meet Chaco — our new puppy!

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes . . . . . a PUPPY! Mr. S. and I recently welcomed this snuggly guy into our lives! Chaco is a Westie — that’s a West Highland White Terrier. Sometimes he’s a little monster, but he’s mostly wonderful. It’s been a bit of a shift, to … Continue reading